On her home planet of Havania, Bleez belonged to a race of beings who could fly and were thus considered to be superior to the other races of this planet. Havania's beauty was also renowned within her system and seven others, being second only to Odym. Because of this, and her aristocratic heritage, Bleez was sought after by many suitors from numerous solar systems. However, Bleez was more than disinterested in any suitor who knew of her since she felt that their only intention was to simply claim her famed beauty. As a result, Bleez refused to see anyone who came to pursue her, although this was much to her mother's behest, who longed for a grandchild in order to continue their family's legacy. However, when a tall and powerful suitor ventured to Havania during the course of the Sinestro Corps War, he killed Bleez's mother and took Bleez captive, making her a slave on the sentient city, Ranx, which was used both as a base and training ground for Sinestro's soldiers. Bleez was gang-raped on Ranx by the Sinestro Corpsmen, and her so-called suitor and he soon permanently disabled her wings as punishment for her arrogance over those who could not fly.
While aboard Ranx during the battle against the Green Lantern Corps above Mogo, Bleez attempted to commit suicide when she jumped out into space through a hole in the side of Ranx, preferring death over a life of slavery. However, her captor would not allow her to die so easily and forced Bleez to kiss him, claiming he wanted "more" from her before he would let her go. Bleez's rage filled heart summoned a red power ring to her location, making her the Red Lantern of Sector 33. After her transformation, she unleashed her rage upon her captor, killing the Sinistro Corps member of Sector 465. Because of her boundless rage at her captor and the Sinestro Corps in general, Bleez became a member of the Red Lantern Corps and joined the rest of her newly formed Corps who were gathered on Ysmault, after their leader Atrocitus rallied them together.
Bleez was created by Geoff Johns and Shane Davis. She was created to fill out the ranks of the Red Lantern Corps and her story was told in one of the lead-in series to Blackest Night, specifically, Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #2.
Modern Age: New Earth
Before the Flashpoint, Bleez was often only seen in the background, amongst Atrocitus's legions of other Red Lanterns. She did, however, see a bit of focus -- with her origin being told in Tales of the Corps, and later being a member of a loose team in Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors along with Guy Gardner, Kilowog, and Arisia. During her short time (approximately seven issues) with this title, she is the only on-board Red Lantern, and takes a dominant role over even Atrocitus, who barely appears.
During her time in Emerald Warriors, she is temporarily granted lucidity by a Blue Lantern, and is thus able to generally communicate besides growling and snarling. She also starts to show some of the strange abilities that likely made her a favorite among Atrocitus and the other Red Lanterns, such as the ability to create basic constructs, general strategic ability, and some sort of strange spacial awareness that allows her to 'direct' a single construct around an entire planet.
Since the reboot of the DC Universe into the new 52, she has been freed from the influence of the rage after Atrocitus forced her to face her anger in the Ocean of Blood. Since then, a more distinct personality has started to bleed through, showing her to be arrogant, intelligent, spiteful, and ruthless. Despite acting as his second-in-command, she makes it very clear that she considers herself a stronger leader than Atrocitus, and openly plots for his position among the Corps. Nonetheless, other Red Lanterns respect and fear her. Bleez is also the only prominent female member of the Red Lantern Corps.
Major Story Arcs
Modern Age: New Earth
Embracing Her Rage
After he arrival on Ysmault, Atrocitus helped many to embrace their ring, including Bleez. Atrocitus talked her through accepting the ring, reminding her of all she had suffered and how she desired vengeance. When Atrocitus led a raid against both the Green Lanterns and Sinestro Corps to retrieve Sinestro himself, Bleez was among the Lanterns present.
Bleez helped her corps in the kidnapping of Sinestro, facing both Green Lanterns and Sinestros in the process. When they returned to the planet Ysmault with their prey, Bleez watched alongside the rest of her fellow Corpsmen as they crucified Sinestro in front of the red power battery. Seeing the object of her hatred, Bleez's rage was almost uncontrollable. She, along with other members of her corps, launched themselves at him only to be beaten back by Atrocitus. She watched with the others as Atrocitus completed his blood ritual to find out Sinestro's secrets, waiting for her chance for revenge. She has also had a supporting role in many of the Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps crossovers.
Leading the Red Lantern Corps
Since the reboot into the new 52, Bleez has had a much more prominent role in the DC Universe appearing in two monthly series. In Red Lanterns she is shown first as being dominated by her own rage, but after Atrocitus determines that he needs someone to help him, he decides to throw Bleez into the Ocean of Blood where she faces her past and learns to control her frenzy. In doing so, however he inadvertently gives her the opportunity to control the Red Lantern Corps while he grows increasingly preoccupied with Krona. Now circling Ysmault with a contingent of Red Lanterns, she tries to assess the next step forward. In so doing she sends Skallox to Earth to investigate the appearance of Rankorr.
When the Star Sapphire Fatality, then a teammate with Bleez among the New Guardians, offers Bleez a position in her own Corps, Bleez seems to strongly consider it while Zilius Zox taunts her and urges her to decline. However, due to the nature of her backstory, she eventually violently declines the invitation.
Later, Atrocitus returns and becomes more occupied with the Corps itself, causing Bleez to take more of a sideline role. Rankorr, as well, with the ability to easily create hardlight constructs, has become a favorite of Atrocitus despite his general weakness and unwillingness to embrace his rage. Bleez already seems to be showing some resentment over this.
New Guardian Bleez
In Green Lantern: The New Guardians, she is the representative of the Red Lanterns that journeys to Earth to discover why rings from each of the seven Corps have chosen Kyle. She gets drawn into the plot - which also involves Arkillo, Saint Walker, Munk, Fatality and Glomulus - as they journey first to Oa to face the Guardians of the Universe and then to Okaara to face Larfleeze. They are eventually sent on a deep space mission. During the first half of this mission Bleez was still in her rage controlled state, but afterwards regained control of her own actions.
She seems to forge an unusual bond with Fatality during this time, and the Star Sapphire even comments that she had been counting on Bleez (who was then absent on Ysmault) to spearhead an attack, as opposed to someone like Kyle, Arkillo, or herself. Whether this is because she considered Bleez the most powerful of the team, or some other reason, was never explored.
In Green Lantern: New Guardians #12, Bleez, along with Arkillo, Fatality, Munk, Saint Walker, and Larfleeze, abandon the team, leading the title in a different direction for Kyle Rayner to form new bonds and start training with his multi-color powers.
Powers and Abilities
Bleez is a bearer of the Red Lantern Ring and has all the powers that come with it. The abilities the ring grants him are:
- Animating: A Red Lantern can will things to move how he wants.
- Caustic Effect: Red Lantern power can damage and drain away the power of other lanterns almost like a poison. For example green lanterns who survive a Red Lantern attack will begin to lose power from the almost napalm like attacks of Red Lanterns.
- Communicator: The ring can act as a personal communicator between Lanterns.
- Costumes: The wearer of the ring may create any costume they choose, based on their personal preferences, whenever they choose. The ring projects the costume over any clothes already worn at the time. While Red Lanterns have no costume code they all are red and black with the Red Lantern symbol displayed.
- Energy Projection: The rings can also project beams, form protective bubbles and force fields, and fire destructive blasts. The attacks often come from the mouth from a Red Lantern.
- Energy Constructs: The rings can construct anything the wearer can imagine from hard-light energy, as long as they are willing to make it. The more determined the wearer is, the more complex and intricate these things can be. The constructs can even be so complex as to form working machines, computers, and even people. Red Lanterns have difficulty creating constructs due to their anger.
- Flight: The ring allows the wearer to fly in atmosphere or in space, and can achieve incredible speeds, moving from planet to planet in a matter of hours.
- Heart Replacement: Red Lantern Rings replace the heart of the lantern who wields them so removing a Red Lantern ring is often fatal without medical attention or the presence of a Blue Lantern. Atrocitus had his heart ripped from his body and was able to return to the fight within seconds since his ring serves as his heart.
- Mirages: The Ring can create mirages/illusions.
- Recharging: The rings need to be recharged by means of a Power Battery. Other large sources of power may be used to recharge a power ring, however effectiveness may vary. The internal power source of a Manhunter Android is, in effect, the same as a power battery, and can be used to recharge a power ring. During the JLA / Avengers crossover, a Cosmic Cube was used to recharge a depleted ring, although this is not an ideal solution and is available if there are no other options.
- Ring Duplication: Each ring can duplicate itself, creating a second ring which may be given to another as a backup, for protection, or to help the lantern in times of great need. This duplicate ring is exactly like a normal ring.
- Temperature Control: The Ring can increase or decrease the temperature of anything, even something as large as stars, or even create bubbles of intense heat or cold, even down to Absolute Zero.
- Electro-magnetic scanning: The ring can allow(through the use of x rays) the user to see through walls, without the people on the other side knowing. it can also scan along the Electromagnetic spectrum.
- Wormhole/Warps: The ring can open wormholes to cut down on distance.
In her natural unmodified form, Bleez had the power of winged flight. Since being held captive her wings have been rendered useless (seemingly severed), but after becoming a member of the Red Lantern Corps she developed other abilities. She has also been shown to use her wings (or the bone remnants of them) in combat, whether by wrapping them around an opponent in hand-to-hand, or by flying low to and using their intense, acidic heat to sever opponents' legs.
Bleez came from a life of luxury before being kidnapped and thus had few useful skills, however these would be arbitrary anyway as only Atrocitus, among all Red Lanterns, retains the ability to control his rage sufficiently that he is in control of his actions. Nonetheless, Bleez has proven herself a tenacious foe by surviving many dangerous events, slaughtering a not-insignificant number of Green Lanterns and Sinestro Corps members alike. Despite her royal upbringing instilling in her a sense of superiority, she has nonetheless demonstrated that she has some leadership skills as she has been successful in getting others to follow her. In Green Lantern: New Guardians #13, a Red Lantern claims that "Bleez will skin us alive if we're late!", suggesting that Bleez is not exactly gentle in her treatment of followers.
The Red Power Ring
The red power ring gives her the ability to fly, create hard-light constructs, and survive in outer space, among other abilities. She also has the ability to expel a fiery acid. As with any other member of the Corps if the ring is removed from the individual it terminates the life of the wearer (as the rage is so all consuming it destroys their heart without the ring present). Whether it is a natural havanian ability, or one given to her by her power ring, Bleez shows a sort of spacial awareness that allowed her to throw a single hard-light construct (a dagger), around an entire planet, driving it with perfect accuracy through the head of each of the planet's perimeter guards.
She has also shown an extremely high resistance to telepathy. The villain of the first arc of Emerald Warriors, who had been telepathically dominating entire squads of Green Lanterns, openly admitted that the rage clouding Bleez's mind made her too difficult to control. Whether this is a trait shared by all Red Lanterns, or experienced only by Bleez, is yet to be seen.
Red Lantern Status: Active
Space Sector: 33
Sector Partner: ?
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Bleez appeared in Green Lantern: The Animated Series voiced by Grey DeLisle. In Reckoning she was one of the Red Lanterns stationed at Battery Square in the Corps' headquarters, and expressed surprise upon seeing that Razer was alive after the events of Beware My Power part 2. She later returns in Regime Change, fighting the Green Lanterns and commanding the Red Lantern forces while helping Prince Ragnar keep control over Betrassus, but were ultimately defeated and forced off world.
Her next appearance was in Flight Club where she along with Veon and Skallox attempted to gain the code to activate the Lighthouse, a device that would allow the Red Lantern armada passage into Guardian space. The search led them to a Thanagarian prisoner named Byth Rok who, after Atrocitus's torture session, revealed the code the Red Lanterns under her command to claim the Lighthouse. Although they were driven out by the Green Lanterns Atrocitus managed to blast a passage through via bombs used to blow up Planets. Her final appearance of the season was Homecoming where she and her fellow Lanterns engaged Kilowog along with the Red Lantern armada. But she allong with Veon and Skallox were blasted away by said Green Lantern. Her current status as of the season 1 finale is unknown.